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McKees Rocks Man Sentenced To 12+ Years In Prison For Drug, Gun Law Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 12 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - On Sept. 8, 2011, a resident of Allegheny County was been sentenced in federal court to 151 months in prison and three years supervised release on his conviction of violating federal drug and firearms laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today. The defendant was also sentenced to 24 months in prison to be served concurrent to the above sentence for violating his supervised release.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Devon Duell, 27, of McKees Rocks, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, on May 23, 2010, Duell possessed with intent to distribute less than five grams of crack cocaine and a quantity of heroin. Duell, a convicted felon, also possessed Ruger .357 magnum caliber revolver.  Since Duell has previously been convicted of a felony offense, federal law prohibits him from possessing a firearm.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Duell.

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